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Getting Bio Mechanical at the Ontario Science Centre with Kids

Ontario Science Centre Exhibits

With spring break around the corner, we were searching for a way to combine education and adventure. So when reached out to us to learn about what cool and educational activities were happening in the Toronto area we knew exactly where to look. Living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), we turned to the Ontario Science Centre and its incredible BioMechanics exhibit for our March Break inspiration!

What is the Ontario Science Centre BioMechanics Exhibit?

The Ontario Science Centre Bio Mechanics Exhibit offers an interactive experience that is perfect for kids and adults alike. The exhibit features hands-on learning focused on how bodies develop and function as a response to the forces of nature. We got to see the amazing mechanics behind evolution and adaptation through real specimens, lifelike models, and interactive experiences.

The boys’ loved learning how the heart acts as a pump, overcoming gravity to push blood up the long neck of giraffes.

Two young boys interact with a giraffe display at the Ontario Science Centre Bio Mechanics Exhibit

Another big hit in the Ontario Science Centre BioMechanics Exhibit is the flight chair. This is where kids can learn about the difference in the shape of bird wings. The boys had a blast flapping the different wings.

They got to see which shape got them going the fastest and which kept them moving the longest. D took some time to get moving, but he loved every second that he was spinning in that chair.

Small boy flaps a makeshift wing at the Ontario Science Centre Bio Mechanics Exhibit

The exhibit also has moving displays where visitors can control super-high-speed videos of bees and cheetahs. It gives them a chance to see all the details of their movements and how their bodies do such incredible things.

Two young boys look at a cheetah display at the Bio Mechanics exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre

What else can you see at the Ontario Science Centre?


As fun as the Bio Mechanics exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre was, there’s more to explore at the  OSC. We made sure to check out the KidSpark area, a fun and interactive area completely focused on tactile learning for kids. There are places to play with water and waves, work with balls and gravity and work on house construction as well.

Two children look at a ball display at the Ontario Science Centre KidSpark display

The Energy Show

The boys could spend a whole day playing in KidSpark. But it was almost time for the Energy Show at the Ontario Science Centre. The Energy show is a fantastic show for kids. The Energy Show has a focus on how energy is created and the differences between renewable and non-renewable energy sources.

But the hits include a methane explosion, and of course the shocking conclusion with the Tesla coil. The fun and engaging host of The Energy Show even had our 3-year-old on the edge of his seat!

A scientist makes a sink explode in flame at the Ontario Science Centre Energy Show

The Planetarium and Space Exhibit

A visit to the Ontario Science Centre would never be complete without taking in all the incredible space displays. The Ontario Science Centre features a hands-on exhibit that lets you touch meteorites and genuine space artifacts. You can also see how gravity works through their interactive Black Hole display.

View of earth from the Mir Space Station at the planetarium in the Ontario Science Centre

The Ontario Science Centre and its BioMechanics exhibit make for a fun and exciting learning environment for the whole family.

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Thursday 9th of March 2017

This is perfect, would love to visit. It reminded me of The museum of transportation in Luzern, Switzerland which was very interactive and a lots of fun!